AN ARTS festival with a twist is set to return to Basingstoke to help broaden people’s minds.

From joining a hapless, but noble knight, on an adventure to confront monsters and put right what is wrong, to being transported into a gardening safe-haven where visitors can refresh, reflect and relax – the All in the Mind Festival aims to shine a light on mental health in a thought-provoking but fun way.

With more than 30 acts from around the UK set to descend of Eastrop Park on September 14.

Across three different stages there will be an array of theatre, dance, visual art and musical acts, and there will also be various other activities taking place around the park. Many of the activities and performances are suitable for younger audiences.

The free festival was started by Leigh Johnstone of Fluid Motion Theatre Company four years ago, to encourage performers and artists to explore mental health themes and to break the stigma that still surrounds many aspects of mental health and personal wellbeing.

Leigh said: “We are incredibly excited the Festival is almost here, and we cannot wait for people to see what we have in store.

“The line-up is full of extremely talented people, packed across one fantastic day, who will provide fun, engaging and thought-provoking performances. There really will be something for everyone.

“The festival was founded on the idea that the arts can open up conversation, celebrate diversity and individuality and encourage positive health and wellbeing. We hope our visitors will try something new, and most importantly have fun.”

The festival is a culmination of a year-long programme of work by Fluid Motion, which includes working in schools and colleges to help young people build skills, increase confidence and self-esteem, as well as working with adults with dementia using drama to help increase interaction, improve physical and mental wellbeing and reduce social isolation.

The event is free to attend and starts at 10.45pm, for more information visit